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Sherlock Holmes & the Ripper of Whitechapel

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I am afraid that I, Sherlock Holmes, must act as my own chronicler in this singular case, that of the Whitechapel murders of 1888. For the way in which the affair was dropped upon my doorstep left me with little choice as to the contrary. Not twelve months prior, the siren’s call of quiet domesticity and married life had robbed me of Watson’s assistance as both partner and ...more
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Published November 3rd 2020
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Nursebookie
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Happy pub day today for the release of this amazing read that I was able to enjoy ahead of release day, and was it fabulous.

I really enjoyed this book so much, I had to remind myself that this is a novel written in 2020 and not in the 1880's.

I am a huge fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Sherlock Holmes mystery series, and I thought that author M. K. Wiseman did this latest installment to the Sherlock Homes series, justice.

Wiseman wrote so impeccably Sherlock Holmes' voice and the Victorian
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Patricia
I enjoyed SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE RIPPER OF WHITECHAPEL. Holmes has always been a great read for me. This author is new to me and is a great read. I believe this novel will be enjoyed by many!
Denise
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-2020
There are two subjects that are bound to catch the attention of any fan of Victorian murder mysteries: The world's favourite fictional consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, and the unfortunately not fictional serial killer known as Jack the Ripper. Wiseman's excellently written, cleverly plotted and obviously well researched addition to the ever growing amount of novels featuring Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous character combines these two subjects into a suspenseful historical mystery that had ...more
Liz
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, this book was much "darker" than my usual reading, but I'm very glad I took a chance on it, because this is not so much a story about the notorious Jack the Ripper (though he is a major part of the book). Rather, it's the tale of friendship, and how far a man would go to protect and revive it. I was impressed by the tension in Sherlock Holmes as his usual laser-focus was split between Jack and Watson, and his realization at how much he had come to care for his sleuthing partner. His vulnera ...more
Satabdi
Oct 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Any book about Jack the Ripper is obviously going to be a grim read, but I wasn’t quite prepared for just how grisly the murders would be. Like the policemen in the story, I also felt nauseous reading about the brutality of the crimes. If you feel you don’t have the stomach for it, you may not enjoy the book.

On the other hand, the writing is excellent and well-researched, and conveys the darkness, the shadows, and the tension in the story perfectly. You can picture the London of those days, cove
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Rekha
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5

This is a fantastic story. Holmes and Ripper, this is what we call a mind-blowing combination. To add some more twist to the mystery behind the Ripper murders is the main suspect. Holmes suspects Watson to be the Ripper.
As a Holmes fan, I found this book to be an engrossing and interesting read. The ending seemed a little abrupt and hazy - given that the suspense is at an all-time high, I was expecting a little more drama. Nevertheless, this niggle doesn't do much to change my rating.
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Melisende
This is another very Conan Doyle-like story of Holmes - in this instance, we have the added mystery of the notorious Whitechapel murders of Jack the Ripper.

Wiseman plots and paces his story in a manner that you might be forgiven for thinking this was a lost Conan Doyle manuscript. His take on Holmes is uncannily like the original manuscripts.

However, in this instance, the story is narrated by Holmes whilst Watson becomes one of the secondary characters in this outing. Holmes notes that this is n
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Jim
Recently I was invited to join the Book Sirens community that allows readers to receive Advanced Readers Copies (ARCs) of not yet published books in return for honest reviews. This is my review under those rules. Thank you Book Sirens for allowing me to read this book. It is scheduled for publication in late 2020.

M.K. WISEMAN is the author of the new mystery featuring Sherlock Holmes. The book is entitled SHERLOCK HOLMES and THE RIPPER OF WHITECHAPEL. As you might be able to guess, this story in
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Lis Carey
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a really interesting Sherlock Holmes story, obviously not canon, but very well done.

It's nearly a year after Dr. John Watson married Mary Morstan, and moved out of the 221B Baker Street flat to his own home and his own medical practice. Holmes has found he really misses Watson, both his company, and his contributions to his investigations--because Watson has been even more absent than might be expected due to marriage and professional obligations, especially these last few months.

And som
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Felicia
Being a lifelong fan of Sherlock Holmes, I couldn’t pass up the chance to dig into this story. And I wasn’t disappointed.

In this retelling, the infamous Holmes is called into the case of the Ripper of Whitechapel, aka Jack the Ripper. While his investigation gleans more than that of Lestrade and Scotland Yard, they also lead him to an unlikely suspect, his friend and partner, Dr. John Watson.

His investigation becomes three-fold: to exonerate his friend or find him guilty… which he cannot allow h
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 Reading Reindeer Emigrates To Pluto
I really enjoyed the author's approach. Saucy Jack is one of my historical fascinations [the Mystery of Whom? and why did "he" stop so suddenly and quickly--did he die? Did he emigrate? are all so COMPELLING!]. I really liked viewing via Sherlock Holmes' POV as a nice alteration from Dr. Watson's admittedly non-omniscient narration. I admired the developing tension as Holmes investigates Watson's odd behaviour, and must consider him a potential suspect. Then, too, the Denouement in terms of the ...more
Louise Sowter
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Being an avid fan of Sherlock Holmes was excited that the book review club allowed me to read this .. instantly from the first moment transported to the glum streets of London even my skin felt dirty. I loved this book and was definitely sad to turn the last page. Captured the characters perfectly and the plot was fantastic definite 5 stars
LianaReads blog
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Who’s your all-time favourite character?

Mine, without a doubt, it’s Sherlock Holmes. Over the years I’ve read and seen most of the books available with his character as a protagonist and I enjoyed them immensely.
When I had the opportunity to read and review Sherlock Holmes and The Ripper of Whitechapel by M.K. Wiseman, I couldn’t let this one pass and read it in one sitting.
I found it very interesting and intriguing because this time, his best friend and confidant, Dr Watson, was the primary
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Kathy Elliott
A real page turner that provides the reader with eccentric, but realistic, characters. Holmes is meticulous in his investigative skills and Watson, who is newly married, is attempting to continue helping Holmes while caring for an addicted brother and a loving wife. Jack is utterly gruesome and well described by the obviously very gifted, Ms. Wiseman. Lestrade, the chief detective, worked tirelessly at solving the Whitechapel murders of six prostitutes who were mutilated by our ripper who seemed ...more
Marlene
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

Jack the Ripper – whatever his real identity might have been – was most likely not the world’s first serial killer. But he lives in the popular imagination because his bloody spree happened at the dawn of the popular mass media as we know it today.

Between rising literacy, the increasing popularity of newspapers – including the gutter press – and the advent of the telegraph which provided the ability for words, for news to travel around the globe instantaneo
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Alyson Read
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The year is 1888, and the infamous Autumn of Terror has already begun. Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective of 221B Baker Street in London, has seen little of his friend Dr John Watson since the doctor married Miss Mary Morstan, a former client of theirs, and moved out of their shared lodgings. Fortified by his long suffering housekeeper, Mrs Hudson, and ably assisted by a band of ragamuffin children known as the Baker Street Irregulars, Holmes has continued to work alone much of the time, alth ...more
Elizabeth Gray
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Sophia-Elizabeth
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced review copy for free and now am leaving my review voluntarily.

Sherlock Holmes and the Ripper of Whitechapel By M.K Wiseman

What started as a historical known fact to myself became a dark and twisted story for my favourite consulting detective and his best friend. “The Jack the ripper” murders are known to most people who have the slightest interest for history during the Edwardian/Victorian age, the brutal and horrible murders of women, in the East End of London.

Sherlock as
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Jasmine
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sherlock Holmes and the Ripper of Whitechapel takes two of my favorite things and puts them together in one intense novel. Told from Sherlock's POV, the story follows the renowned detective as he struggles to uncover the identity of the Red Fiend (aka Jack the Ripper). Originally asked by Watson not to investigate the murders, Sherlock is then brought in when Lestrade bandies his name about. It's only when the clues start piling up that Sherlock realizes the evidence is pointing at the least lik ...more
Lauren
Nov 02, 2020 rated it liked it
In this book, we find the two fascinations of Victorian mystery enthusiasts: Sherlock Homes and Jack the Ripper. However, this take is a little different.The investigation is narrated by Sherlock himself because his chief suspect is Dr Watson.

This twist carries with it a number of points of interest - first, Watson is beloved and familiar, yet the author cleverly creates doubt in both Sherlock's mind and the reader's. Second, the deductions that so impress Watson are matter-of-factly unremarkabl
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D.
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A meticulously researched book! Oh the history! M. K. Wiseman handles the real-life horror of Jack the Ripper without shying away from the details. With all the graphic stuff readers consume today, you would think that this wouldn't horrify. You'd be wrong! The fact that Wiseman stayed so close to the actual history, and that you know it as a reader gave me chills. I felt the icy fear and sick horror I can only imagine was reminiscent of a resident of White Chapel during these gruesome events. B ...more
GlenS
#BookSirens

Thank you, BookSirens for the opportunity of reading an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

Sherlock Holmes now consults without Dr John Watson, since his marriage his practice has demanded more of his time, so much, so his wife doesn’t see him often either.

There is a new slew of murders in the east end of London. Watson has taken time out of his busy schedule of caring for his patients to visit Holmes about the killings; advising him not to trouble himself getting invol
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Janelle
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This historical mystery is set in London, 1888. Sherlock Holmes has been asked by Inspector Lestrade to help investigate the Whitechapel murders. As you would expect from a Holmes story, it is written in the first person. Dr. Watson is not the narrator however. I was surprised to find Sherlock Holmes the narrator of this story. Watson is a great choice as narrator of the Holmes stories. He is the audience surrogate and having the stories from his perspective helps to maintain the mystery of how ...more
Tracy Wood
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booksiren-2020
Jack the Ripper, the name alone spread fear amongst the residents of Whitechapel even though the threat itself seemed to have disappeared when the killings stopped. How would life have differed in 1888 if the factual world of the time had merged with that of Sherlock Holmes and his associate Dr Watson?

This is the premise of M. K. Wiseman's book and to my surprise it worked and was a good read. For the most part the narrative style was well done but unfortunately 'sidewalk' and, 'block' were used
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Elaine
What a great read this book is for fans of Sherlock Holmes and mysteries! Most of the language used is reminiscent of the original stories and it is a skilful intertwining of Doyle's fictional characters and the historic murders. It is also a story of friendship, secrets, trust all told from the point of view of Sherlock instead of Watson. The inner conflict experienced by Sherlock as more and more evidence points to Watson being Jack the Ripper and Sherlock has the dilemma of protecting his fri ...more
Chloe 'hichlochu'
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
What draws you into a story?

For me, it has to be strong characters, amazing dynamics and a splash, well dunk, of action and adventure. This book offered it all up on a platter and I loved every delightful little bite.

*The writing style was easy to get on with, the setting gritty and period accurate. It was darker than I was expecting of it, and boy George, it made me want to read more.

*The characters felt classically sherlock, identifyable but new. They had the personality, the character flaws a
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Paula Ackley
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of the first things that I noticed about Sherlock Holmes & the Ripper of Whitechapel was how the author captured the tone and feeling of the original Sherlock Holmes novels written over a century ago by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I was immersed into the foggy streets of London in the late 1880's. I could feel the damp. I could feel the fear. And I was as baffled by the murders as the local police. To have Sherlock Holmes solve the mystery of Jack the Ripper was creatively brilliant. I was hooke ...more
Joselyn  Moreno Burke
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one is for a Tour i'm participating in.

At the beginning of the narration, it grabs you very fats, it's very compelling since page one and it pulls you under the need to know more about what’s happening and who the real culprit is.

So for being a Sherlock Holmes setup it's actually pretty nice, I didn’t felt at any point that it was hard to read either, I haven’t read all sherlock cases, but this one felt right.

Well on this particular, I liked all of them, they were very interesting portray
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The Mustache Louie Matos
Many thanks to BookSirens, and M. K. Wiseman for a chance to review this book. I was given this book for free in exchange for my fair and honest opinion. I have not felt compelled, in any way, by the author, the publisher, or BookSirens to alter my sincerest thoughts on this book. Every word of this review is solely and completely mine.
As a big Sherlock Holmes fan, it is great to read something that could be considered canon. It was fascinating to read a case where Holmes, himself, is the teller
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Stephanie
Sherlock Holmes is asked to help investigate the murders by the infamous Jack the Ripper. However, things become a little muddy when everything starts pointing to Watson as being the one he and all of Scotland Yard is after.

Sherlock Holmes & the Ripper of Whitechapel is a fast paced book that was hard to put down. Ms. Wiseman did a great job showing how Sherlock struggled between the evidence pointing to Watson and trying to protect him and his character. Ms. Wiseman also did a great job bringin
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M. K. Wiseman has degrees in Interarts & Technology and Library & Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her office, therefore, is a curious mix of storyboards and reference materials. Both help immensely in the writing of historical novels. She currently resides in Wisconsin but dreams often of her childhood home in New Mexico. ...more

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